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Can You Use a Regular Mattress with an Adjustable Frame?

Can You Use a Regular Mattress with an Adjustable Frame?

Adjustable bed frames are a popular choice because of their comfort level and the benefits they provide in terms of sleep quality. For people who have trouble sleeping comfortably or who suffer from health conditions that make it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep, an adjustable bed can provide enormous relief. Adjustable bed frames can help relieve discomfort from health conditions such as insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, chronic pain, arthritis, and heartburn. If you sleep with a partner, an adjustable foundation setup can improve comfort levels for both of you, even if you have different sleeping preferences.

As their name suggests, adjustable beds, which are hinged foundations equipped with an electric motor, can be adjusted into many different positions by the click of a button. The motor makes reclining or elevating the head or foot of your mattress simple. The MotionInABox™ Adjustable Base even comes with zero-gravity and anti-snore remote presets. With a Bluetooth enabled remote, you can adjust your bed into the optimal position without the inconvenience of getting up.

If you are thinking about switching from a standard bed frame to an adjustable bed, then you should be aware that you will likely need a mattress that is compatible with an adjustable bed frame. Most “regular” mattresses are not flexible enough to accommodate a bed frame that offers full range of motion. Instead you will want to purchase a memory foam or hybrid mattress in a box to pair with your new adjustable bed frame or base.

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Why is a "Regular" Mattress a Bad Idea?

Regular, conventional mattresses are actually called innerspring mattresses. An innerspring mattress is constructed with steel coils and various fibers or padding to provide support. These coils are available as either pocket coils or continuous coils. Innerspring mattresses must be specifically designed for use with adjustable bed frames in order to be compatible. An innerspring mattress with pocket coils would be recommended because the coils are wrapped individually and provide more targeted support to the body’s pressure points. While it is difficult to find an innerspring mattress compatible with adjustable beds, they do exist but can be extremely expensive and much less durable than other options, such as memory foam or hybrid mattresses.

Benefits of a Foam or Hybrid Mattress in a Box

A memory foam mattress in a box is preferred for adjustable beds because of the high flexibility and great response to pressure. A memory foam mattress will easily bend and return to its original form, while still providing sufficient support. In other words, memory foam mattresses easily fit into any position you need without damaging the mattress. This makes memory foam mattresses highly compatible with adjustable bed frames.

Another benefit of memory foam mattresses is that they are known to help prevent or provide relief for a variety of health conditions. Given that adjustable beds also provide similar relief, a memory foam mattress perfectly complements an adjustable bed for comfortable and healthy sleep.

Although memory foam has a bad reputation for sleeping hot, some memory foam mattress brands, including BedInABox®, are developed with built-in cooling technologies to prevent this issue.

A hybrid mattress is similar to a memory foam mattress in that a hybrid is made, in part, with memory foam. Hybrid mattresses are generally constructed with a variety of mattress materials available on the market, but most hybrids are a blend of inner coils and memory foam. These mattresses provide the comfort and durability of foam mattresses, while giving the extra bounce of a traditional innerspring mattress. However, a hybrid mattress must be designed for an adjustable bed in order to be compatible, due to the varied construction.

High Quality Mattresses from BedInABox®

If you are considering an adjustable bed frame setup with a compatible mattress, you can easily have both shipped directly to your door when you buy them from BedInABox®. Every BedInABox® mattress is compatible with our MotionInABox™ Adjustable Bed Frame. We also proudly made every mattress in the USA using only high quality memory foam that we develop in house. So whether you need an all memory foam mattress or our Dual Hybrid™ for your adjustable base, you can sleep comfortably knowing your new mattress is made to last and safe to use.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Will my adjustable bases ruin my mattress?

Most traditional innerspring mattresses are not constructed to be flexible enough to accommodate an adjustable base, and as a result, can become damaged if used on an incompatible mattress foundation or base. Memory foam or hybrid mattresses tend to be most compatible with adjustable bases due to their resilient constructions. If you are transitioning from a mattress and box spring to an adjustable bed frame, you may need to purchase a new mattress in order for the two to be compatible.

Can you use an innerspring mattress on an adjustable bed?

Yes, you can use an innerspring mattress on an adjustable bed. However, you must use an innerspring mattress that has been specifically designed for use with an adjustable bed. These mattresses will have pocket coils that are wrapped individually and provide more targeted support to the body’s pressure points, which also allows the mattress to flex without compromising the support and mattress construction. While compatible innerspring mattresses do exist, they can be difficult to find, which is why memory foam mattresses are most frequently paired with adjustable bases.

Can side sleepers use adjustable bed frames?

Yes, anyone can benefit from an adjustable bed. Adjustable bed frames allow for customizable comfort and enhanced sleep quality for all sleep positions. Because you have control of the elevation of the head and foot of your bed, you can adjust either to support your preferred sleep position. Adjustable beds especially beneficial for anyone who suffers from insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, chronic pain, arthritis, or heartburn. Adjustable beds can also prove beneficial if you sleep with a partner who has a different sleep style than you.